Nurse Betty BScN (cand): update

Nurse Betty BScN (cand)

I am a 36 year old mother of 2. I entered university in 2005 for the BScN program but had no idea what a roller coaster ride it would be. My other interests are boating, cottaging, gardening, sitting, doing nothing, vegging and of course hard core belly button contemplating.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


I am bitter today. Bitter because I have to go to school instead of going and seeing Girl Anchor at her track and field meet. She is running in the 60 metre hurdles and the 4x100 metre relay. I get bitter when school gets in the way of my seeing the events of life. The Husband is going and will video it all for me but his video abilities leave much to be desired. Oh well, she has her fancy new green hornet shoes so she will run like the wind no doubt. How do you moms out there cope with disappointment when work/school keeps you from life?
This topic reminds me of this analogy/story that my sister sent to me yesterday by e-mail.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you t o recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else--the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Too true eh?

Have a good golf ball day


Blogger Mandy said...

That is true... thanks for the reminder. It's easy to forget.

10:18 a.m.  
Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

Love it, love it, love it. Plus, now I don't feel so bad for being a lazy sack. I'm just making room for a couple of cups of coffee wih a friend. Thanks, and sorry you missed your babys' race. I've found, at least with my volunteer work, that my profs have been unbelievably understanding, and have bent over backward to accomodate it. Do your profs teach the same class at different times, maybe at night?

11:31 a.m.  
Blogger Sean said...

Man, I gotta remember this one. GREAT illustration!

3:14 p.m.  
Blogger Too Fat 4 Ponies said...

I love your post. I'm forwarding it to my dean.

6:29 a.m.  
Blogger Betty said...

Hey, glad you all like it! It's a keeper. ; )

10:47 p.m.  
Blogger Too Fat 4 Ponies said...

UPDATE: My dean loved your post. She is a little uneasy using computers so I am letting you know for her.

Thanks again.

10:14 p.m.  

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